May 2016 - Frank Ancona Honda blog

May 26, 2016

Honda Accord Comes Out on Top in Side-by-Side Comparison with Toyota Camry


The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have long-been two of the most beloved mid-sized cars on the road. But did you know the Honda Accord blows the Toyota Camry out of the water in multiple areas? Whether you’re comparing fuel efficiency, safety, comfort or even residual value, the 2016 Honda Accord vastly outperforms the 2016 Toyota Camry.

In terms of fuel economy, in optimal conditions the Camry will see a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg while the Honda Accord achieves up to a combined 31 mpg. It may not seem like much of a difference at first, but your wallet will feel the difference at the pump.

Additionally, the newest model year Honda Accord proudly boasts a 41 percent residual value, according to ALG, while the Camry residual value is only rated at 33 percent. Once those 60 months pass, there is a clear residual value winner.

And did we mention that the NHTSA gave the Honda Accord a higher safety rating than the Toyota Camry? Or that the Accord has more cargo space than the Camry?

When it comes to the Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry debate, the winner is clear. To learn more about the 2016 Honda Accord, visit us anytime at Frank Ancona Honda.

May 20, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Sponsors KC Baby Fair Aimed at Education of Caregivers

Keeping your child safe is important, especially in and around your vehicle. That’s why the Kansas City Baby Fair aims to educate parents in all aspects of child care on June 12, 2016. Frank Ancona Honda is sponsoring the fair this year to support the education of parents about products, proper usage and overall safety in relation to children. Visitors will be able to take part in free classes and activities such as Setting Up a Safe Nursery, Baby Equipment Try BEFORE You Buy where you can try several different strollers, car seats, swings and more.



To encourage parents to visit the Kansas City Baby Fair, Frank Ancona Honda is giving away 40 free tickets. We will be giving out several tickets a week from now until June 12. This fun and educational fair is one of a kind, helping new mothers and fathers begin their journey of parenthood. To win one of our tickets, simply go to our Facebook page, like the Baby Fair image and leave a comment. We will message all winners with instructions to collect their prizes.



At the fair, parents can take part in free safety classes including car seat installation and baby positioning. You will learn which age is best for kids to take the leap from car seats to standard seat belts, which could make all the difference in your child’s safety. A properly installed and utilized car seat can save the life of your child. According to Safercar, vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of death for children under the age of thirteen, and car seats saved the lives of an estimated 9,600 children under the age of four from 1975 to 2010.

Don’t miss your chance to join other caregivers in learning about various products while also testing them before you buy!



May 13, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Reflects Upon History with Z600 While Driving Toward the Future

This year marks an exciting point in Honda’s history, as the first Z600 is being professionally restored by Tim Mings and backed by Honda. This exciting project got us at Frank Ancona Honda thinking about our own historic vehicles.

According to an interview with Mings by Hemmings Daily, the serial number one vehicle was acquired through a stroke of good luck. It wasn’t until Mings began restoring one of the two models he acquired in a single deal that he realized what he had. Honda is supporting an ongoing project to properly restore the Honda N600 to pristine condition. Every week, Honda is posting updates on the project and sharing a piece of its history through social media channels.

Honda has established itself as a brand that will last. On Kelley Blue Books list of the 10 top-purchased cars of 2015, the Honda Civic came in at number eight, the CR-V at number seven, and the Accord at number six. With such impressive results, it is important to look back at the roots of the company to understand the desire to engineer a solid vehicle.

Frank Ancona Honda is lucky enough to own an extensive showroom that showcases the rich history of Honda. Many different historical vehicles are on display to welcome guests who come into our dealership. Included in the collection are a few motorcycles, scooters and our very own 1971 Honda 600 Coupe.




We also are excited to showcase several other vintage creations from Honda, such as the 1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore, a special edition mini dirt bike only made in 1974 and 1975.




Additional vintage items in our showroom include the Honda Kick-N-Go 2, a 1983 Honda Express bike, a 1986 Honda Spree scooter and some portable generators created by Honda in the ’60s.

To see these vintage items, come in to our dealership, and maybe take some time to test drive a new 2016 Honda Civic. Our featured special lease for the 2016 Civic Sedan CVT LX requires $2,320 total due at signing and only $169.50 per month for 36 months/36,000 miles. See dealership for additional details and information.



May 6, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Receives Top Marks for Safety Across the Board

When it comes to transportation, safety is a big concern. We want to know that if the worst were to happen, we and our love ones will walk away. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released their assessment of the 2016 Honda Civic and the car shines bright among competitors.
The IIHS has given the 2016 model top grades in all categories tested. While testing a model of the 2016 Civic Touring sedan, Edmunds found that the car stopped a few feet shorter than most when braking at 60 miles per hour. All models of the Civic come standard with the usual bells and whistles of stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera (a feature that is often an upgrade with other vehicles). As you change to the more luxurious trims, the Civic gains additional features such as a right-side blind spot camera known as LaneWatch and more advanced sensing technology.



Beyond the car’s superior structural engineering, the vehicle also has the trademarked Honda Sensing technology  to keep operators safe on the road. Some of the features of Honda Sensing technology include:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System

This technology relies on sophisticated sensors that detect not only other vehicles and obstacles, but also the lanes you are driving in. If the car senses something that could lead to an accident, it will emit a warning tone. If the driver does not react quickly enough, the car can automatically begin to correct itself or even apply the brakes if necessary. While we will always promote safe driving, we want you to know that we are here to back you up for those instances that are beyond your control.



If you want to experience the comfort and safety of the 2016 Honda Civic for yourself,  call us to schedule a test drive or just come into our dealership. We will help you find the perfect car, whether you want to lease or buy.

May 3, 2016

Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4: Compare the Most Popular Compact Crossovers


If you’re in the market for a compact crossover with a lot to offer, the two most popular choices are the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. But, when it comes to making the right choice, you can’t go wrong with the CR-V. To make your decision easier, compiled a Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison. The CR-V comes out on top in multiple areas.


The Honda CR-V earns its first advantage over the Toyota RAV4 when you compare prices. The 2016 Honda CR-V starts at $23,7451, while the 2016 Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,3502. As an added bonus, the CR-V will retain more of its value than the RAV4. After 36 months, the ALG Residual Value is predicted to be 57 percent, and after 60 months, it should still hold 41 percent of its value.

Fuel Economy

Not only will the CR-V save you money up front, but it’ll continue saving you money at the fuel pump with its excellent fuel economy. The 2016 Honda CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway/29 mpg combined3, while the RAV4 EPA-estimated rating is 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway/26 mpg combined.


If safety is a top priority, then the Honda CR-V is what you want. It scores five stars in all crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration4, while the RAV4 only gets four stars in some tests.

Interior Space

You and your passengers will love the CR-V’s spacious interior, which boasts a total of 104.1 cubic feet of space. Second row passengers fit comfortably with 38.3 inches of rear legroom and 53.1 inches of hip room.

Stop by Frank Ancona Honda today to see what the Honda CR-V has to offer you and your family.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $900.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2 MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, and $900 delivery, processing and handling fee. Actual dealer price will vary

3 26 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

4 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).